Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
Paperback, First, 266 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing
Four Stars: This is an imaginative beginning to a unique, new series!
Katy sighs as she surveys the mountain of boxes left to be unpacked. Welcome to hick town, West Virginia, a far cry from the sun drenched beaches of Florida, her former home. At least the internet is finally hooked up. Going without updating her blog has been torture! After posting her Waiting on Wednesday spot and stalking a few blogs she resigns herself to going out to grab a few groceries. Except, she doesn't know where the nearest store is located. She better ask for directions. Maybe the next door neighbors can point her in the right direction. Her mother mentioned that there was a boy and girl, about her age, living there. Her mom even said the boy was hot (eww gross her mom thought that!?). The door opens and Katy is rendered speechless by a green eyed, outrageously, gorgeous hunk! Wow! Living next door to him won't be bad....until he opens his mouth and talk about a pig headed, rude creep! At least his sister Dee is the absolute best and Katy immediately forms a fast friendship with her. Daemon, however, remains bad mannered and tries everything to discourage the budding friendship. Katy cannot account for his abnormal behavior. She notices that there are other weird things going on; certain people in the town act as if she has the bubonic plague or something. Then there is the strange humming and metallic taste in her mouth when she is around Daemon and something must be wrong with her eyes because she keeps seeing blurry, transparent images of Dee. At school there are whispers of strange lights on the nearby cliffs and murmurings of aliens. Aliens!? Seriously!? Then she is attacked and Daemon comes to her rescue. Things are definitely not quite right in her new town. Daemon and Dee have a big secret and it will completely shatter Katy's perception of the world. Who or what are Daemon and Dee?
What I Liked:
- Katy is a fun, like able female lead. She is witty and slightly sarcastic, self reliant and does not get shoved around. Of course, all of the bloggers out there love the fact that she is a book blogger and there are numerous, fun references to terms that are a mainstay in the blogging world, such as Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox. I totally related to her enthusiasm for books, like the joy of the smiley face box on the doorstep. I admired that she straightened her backbone and refused to let the irritable Daemon get too far under her skin and she rebuffs the abuses from the prima donna, spiteful girl, Ash, with the help of some spaghetti.
- I was completely engrossed in the suspense that keeps building and building. I was dashing through the pages eager to discover the mystery and find out why so many of the people were acting weird. Ms. Armentrout draws you into her story, hook line and sinker. It is a totally creative and unique entrant into the paranormal genre. I for one am happy see some ingenious new ideas.
- The tension that builds between Katy and Daemon is amusing and engaging. It is one of those does he like me? Then slam...no he doesn't type of relationships. It volleys back and forth between attraction and rejection. The continuous pen pokes in her back cracked me up. I loved the constant smack down quips that passed between the two. This is not one of those instant romance type books.
And The Not So Much:
- I adored that Katy is a girl that is determined to not be pushed around, so I was dismayed at a certain scene in the book. Katy agrees to go to the homecoming dance with a jock, who has a reputation for being the "town bike... wanting to give everyone a ride". Part of the reason she does this is to spite Daemon which I understand. What I did not like was that he shows up drinking...first clue to walk away, second he is extremely grabby and gropes her numerous times, third he invites her to a keg party afterward. Hello, all kinds of warning bells going off and even Daemon offers to drive her home. She instead gets mad and gets in the car and rides off with drunk boy. Not a good idea. Of course, events transpire and you know there will be a bad outcome. I was disappointed that headstrong Katy would put herself in such a vulnerable position. Definitely not a good message.
- There was numerous times that Daemon comes to Katy's rescue, he is her knight in shining armor. For me it was a little overdone. It became obvious after awhile that Daemon would appear just in time to save the day, whenever she entangled herself in a sticky situation.
- I was enthralled with the fist half of the book, especially by the mysterious, suspenseful atmosphere that Ms. Armentrout creates. Midway the big reveal occurs and after that the exciting tension dwindles a bit and I found myself hungering for more.
Obsidian is an exciting and thrilling book in the paranormal YA genre. It exceeded my expectations. Delve into the pages and prepare yourself for an exciting journey. There are some unique surprises that are different and creative. If you are involved in the book blog community then you will certainly appreciate all the bloggy references. If you are bored of the same old werewolf and vampire books then you will love this divergent story. The good news is that book two, Onyx (Lux #2) will be released May 2012.
"She stood out like a sunflower in a field of wheat."
"The day my internet was hooked up was better than having a hot guy check out my butt and ask for my phone number."
"If anything, his expression took on a mask of grudging acceptance, probably how I looked when I had to give a book I'd been excited about a less than stellar review."
"I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect."
"The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have. Their beauty is passing. It's just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness."
"My heart did a little happy dance. She'd read my blog."
"There's a McDonald's down the street. We'll get you a Happy Meal. Maybe that'll make you happier."
"Was my blog now Googleable? that was awesomesauce with an extra helping of sauce."
"I checked my review that I'd posted last night. No comments. People sucked. But I did gain five new followers. People rocked."
"Because this was absolutely insane-the craziest thing I'd ever done. Worse than giving a one-star review, scarier than asking for an interview with an author I'd give my firstborn to eat lunch"
An advanced copy of this book was kindly provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.